A FOOTBALL coach from Fleetwood has been banned from working with children after being found guilty of asking a boy to take part in a sex act.
Christopher Garrett, 46, of Lower Lune Street, was working at Fleetwood Town FC as a community development officer when it was claimed he asked the boy to engage in the act in exchange for a cigarette.
A trial earlier this year saw Garrett denying two charges of causing or inciting a male child under 16 years to engage in sexual activity, but he was found guilty of one charge.
At Preston Crown Court on Monday, Judge Heather Lloyd said it had been “distressing” for the boy, before handing Garrett a 12 month jail term, suspended for two years. He was disqualified from working with children and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
The court heard Garrett, whose job was to organise youth football coaching during holidays, offered the boy cigarettes before propositioning him in his office on August 26. When the victim refused the defendant’s offer. Garrett said he was only joking and threw a cigarette at him.
Later the boy told a friend and the police were called.
Kevin Donnelly, defending, said: “No physical offence took place.”
Outside court Garrett said: “I’ve always denied it. It’s very depressing. I might appeal.”